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Tom Mignanelli, first American CEO of Nissan, has died at 73

Tom Mignanelli, a former Ford executive who gave Nissan's U.S. sales company a transfusion of American business culture in the early 1990s, has died following surgery for a brain tumor. He was 73.

Nissan flips part of Altima engine

UPDATED: 7/13/18 12:37 pm ET - corrected

The 2019 Altima's design required a re-engineering of its engine compartment.

Nissan flips Altima engine

The 2019 Altima's design required a re-engineering of its engine compartment.

Alabama shows the prep work required to make it look easy

Alabama has been making it look easy to attract the auto industry for the past 20 years.

Swirling global trends stimulate local investment

The world sometimes gets the impression that the auto industry is slowing down, or even receding. That's not happening.

Greenfield or brown, the money rolls on

When auto companies invest in new plants, the public takes notice. But turning raw ground into a new auto plant is just one piece of the economic force of automotive capital expenditure.

NISSAN: Trucks pad a milestone month

UPDATED: 7/5/18 12:22 pm ET - adds details

Forecasters widely predicted a lousy month for Nissan, but U.S. sales rose 2.5 percent in June, helped by strong light-truck demand.

Magna's Walker: Investment in EV tech grows

Magna International CEO Don Walker has a Jaguar EV in production in Austria, deals in China to deliver EV systems and a tie-up with Lyft to make its cars self-driving.

Magna CEO Walker: Investment in EV tech grows

Magna's CEO has a Jaguar EV in production in Austria, deals in China to deliver EV systems and a tie-up with Lyft to make its cars self-driving.

Despite steady numbers, supplier sector churns

Beneath the surface of steady growth, change and repositioning are roiling the global supplier industry.

What's five seconds worth to a paint supplier?

Coatings supplier Durr Industries recently was named a top supplier of FCA US, recognizing Durr for its assistance in launching the Jeep Compass at FCA's Toluca, Mexico, assembly plant.

Design innovations spark Pierburg investments

The project illustrates a trend in manufacturing capital spending today: As auto suppliers roll out new technologies, many are relying on more automated production processes to make the work fit into their existing space.

TVA thinks smaller for suppliers

Economic developers at TVA are applying their successful formula for auto plant megasites to smaller supplier sites.

Ride-sharing startup Hytch Rewards pitches to industry

Ride-sharing startup Hytch Rewards provides cash to workers who share a ride. The result? Factories can recruit from farther away.

NISSAN: Repositioning continues

UPDATED: 6/1/18 7:40 pm ET - corrected

Nissan's strategic downturn flattened out from an April crash -- with May U.S. light-vehicle volume off 4 percent.

Magna spending big on new technology

Magna will roll an extra US$300 million into r&d over the next three years as it deepens its interest in electrification and autonomous technology.

That's one accessorized Nissan Armada ... or Patrol

Nissan decked out its Armada for fun -- and then called it a Patrol.

Magna spending big on new technology

Magna will roll an extra $300 million into r&d over the next three years as it deepens its interest in electrification and autonomous technology.

Nissan's 54-year old CFO retires

Joe Peter, who spent most of his career at General Motors, has retired as CFO of Nissan.

Automaker-supplier relationships take a hit

One more sign that automakers are under pressure from a spate of new industry challenges — their relations with suppliers have worsened.

Former GM purchasing scourge Bo Andersson is reborn as a supplier

Bo Andersson has been dispatched by the president of Japan's giant family-owned wiring supplier, Yazaki Corp., to fix the business where it needs it most — North America and Europe.

Automaker-supplier ties take a hit

One more sign that automakers are under pressure from a spate of new industry challenges — their relations with suppliers have worsened.

NISSAN: A triple whammy hit

Nissan called April "an extremely challenging month" as U.S. sales crashed 28 percent.

LEAR'S RAY SCOTT: Seating and electronics converging

As Lear's new CEO, Ray Scott is focused on fusing the company's traditional seating business with its growing portfolio of electronics technologies.

How Lear is adjusting its seat strategy

Lear the seat maker, anticipating connected vehicles, is out to become Lear the smart-seat maker.


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